OLD-TIMEY QUILTS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Living with COVID has given rise to some interesting sleep patterns. I typically find myself awake, for example, around 3 a.m.

Often my mind wanders to possibilities for future columns, and I turn to my phone.

Online searches, as we know, can take on life-of-their-own twists and turns. Thus it was that one recent night I found myself at the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, DC.

This is a rabbit hole, I saw instantly, into which a person could disappear for days. But the LOC is a resource that educates, delights and inspires pride in our landscape, achievements, and people! Better this, I consoled myself, than many of the other rabbit holes that do the opposite.

Meanwhile “America’s Library” led to “America’s Story” led to a feature called “Meet Amazing Americans.”

I skipped over “Leaders & Statesmen,” “U.S. Presidents” and “Activists & Reformers” and went straight to “Writers & Artists.” (You can also explore Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Athletes, Entertainers and more).

Here you can learn how architect Frank Lloyd Wright “looked to Japan,” how photographer Dorothea Lange came to document the abysmal conditions of the migrant workers who traveled in large numbers to California during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s, how Langston Hughes (“From Busboy to Poet”) became one of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance, and how Mark Twain came to choose his pen name.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

LURA STANLEY

9 Replies to “OLD-TIMEY QUILTS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS”

  1. William Potts says: Reply

    Hi Heather,another great column, I haven’t looked at that site. With the Covid19, I have been watching YouTube on my television on Roku. There’s EWTN, too, plenty of documentaries on various channels. Your column is the only reason that I subscribe to The Angelus, although I do like to read other articles. Please continue to write your columns, you’re a positive influence that we need right now

    1. Wow, thanks, Bill–so glad you read Angelus, for whatever reason, and that my work is e a positive influence. The weekly column especially is one small way I hope to build up rather than tear down…now more than ever we need to create, build, support, hope…

  2. 3:00 AM does appear to be wake up time for me as well. I turn to prayer to fend off anxiety from job responsibilities. I’d love to say it works every time, but that’d be a big lie!

    1. At least it’s quiet then, that’s the nice thing….

  3. Very touching. As you probably know, quilting is a big thing up here in Maine.

    1. Right, Ron–Especially when the upstairs isn’t heated in winter, as ours wasn’t when we were kids! Glad you liked the piece and thank you.

  4. “the quilts of gees bend” a worthy read! works of necessity’ drop dead exquisite quilts lowered down end of long work day from their shanty ceiling, whilst the men folk slept, and the women folk formed a circle round the work piece/quilt, assembled from feed sacks/whatever they could scrounge/snippets of worthless fabrics, weaving a complete history of the hardship of the gees bend women and their families! recognised these days by very! high end galleries and the united states post office gave us a series of postage stamps commemorating the gees bend women’s “high arts of quilting necessity”!

    1. Thanks, Glenda, yes I’ve looked at some of the Gee’s Bend quilts/quilters: articles and youtubes: amazing, mysterious and as you say “weaving a complete history of the hardship of the gees bend women and their families!” These are the type of people who really keep the flame of civilization burning…

  5. as you do, dear heather! i side with your love of Jesus and your love of the arts! you are a light, sweet sister!

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